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The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us Allby Michael Useem
Synopses & Reviews
Are you ready for the leadership moment? Merck's Roy Vagelos commits millions of dollars to develop a drug needed only by people who can't afford it Eugene Kranz struggles to bring the Apollo 13 astronauts home after an explosion rips through their spacecraft Arlene Blum organizes the first women's ascent of one of the world's most dangerous mountains Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain leads his tattered troops into a pivotal Civil War battle at Little Round Top John Gutfreund loses Salomon Brothers when his inattention to a trading scandal almost topples the Wall Street giant Clifton Wharton restructures a $50 billion pension system direly out of touch with its customers Alfredo Cristiani transforms El Salvador's decade-long civil war into a negotiated settlement Nancy Barry leads Women's World Banking in the fight against Third World poverty Wagner Dodge faces the decision of a lifetime as a fast-moving forest fire overtakes his firefighting crew
Eugene Kranz returning Apollo 13; Arlene Blum leading the first women's expedition climbing the Himalayan peak of Annapurna; Roy Vagelos committing Merck to spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a drug needed only by people who couldn't afford it; Alfredo Christian ending the civil war in El Salvador.
These are just some of the stories in this unusual and important book about leadership. Michael Useem believes that by examining what others have done when a business, a life, or even the fate of a nation is on the line, we all can learn what works and what fails, what hastens a cause or subverts a purpose, and what must be done when we must perform and lead under pressure.
About the Author
Michael Useem is the director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he is also the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management. He regularly leads Wharton graduates on leadership treks to the Himalayas.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the leadership moment — Roy Vagelos attacks river blindness — Wagner Dodge retreats in Mann Gulch — Eugene Kranz returns Apollo 13 to Earth — Arlene Blum ascends Annapurna — Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain defends Little Round Top — Clifton Wharton restructures TIAA-CREF — John Gutfreund loses Salomon Inc. — Nancy Barry builds Women's World Banking — Alfredo Cristiani ends El Salvador's civil war — Conclusion: vision plus action — A leader's guide.
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